He is debunking the myth that Gen Z children are way too different than millennials and they had distinct upbrinings.
There are some noticeable differences between each generation. From boomers to Gen X, to millennials and the current generation called Gen Z, all have had different upbringings. However, if we look closely, the kids from each era had some similarities as well. Contra Tenore–who goes by @cntrtnr on TikTok–addressed the video of another creator where he spoke about how the "child hate on the app is gradually getting wild."
At the beginning of the video, a woman appears to complain about kids and parents of recent generations and mentions how the parents barely do anything to discipline them. Tenore takes over from that point to share his thoughts about kids' behavior back in his days and the kids from the modern generation. "Kids these days are different. Parents are lazy and they are always on their phones. They are too lazy to discipline them. I am just like, it was ever thus lady," Tenore added to what the woman said initially.
He reminisced about the days when he was growing up and kids used to be as unruly as they are now. When Tenore was in seventh grade, he witnessed kids throwing out dictionaries from the window, tossing ink pens at the ceiling fans and even organizing brawls that had to be broken up by police. The parents back then were not on their phones and as a matter of fact, they were not even around. "When I was 14, my parents wouldn't even come home until 7 pm or 8 pm," he continued. "I'd come home, make my own dinner, do my own laundry."
He then goes on to debunk the whole "child-hating" trend on social media, which dictates that "kids are worse now because they are more neglected compared to the millennials or Gen X." "The whole idea of parents judging other parents and thinking other parents are doing the job of being a parent, it's not new," Tenore remarks. "What seems new to me is the crazy leap from the kids acting up at PTA meetings to people passing comments at them such as 'this is why people shouldn't have kids' and 'they shouldn't be in public spaces.'"
He concludes the video by saying that it is ironic to see "rabid drooling hate on children on the app." "It juxtaposes the people who are sad about children dying in neighbors who are getting detonated. It breaks my heart and I am not being facetious about that. It's just weird," Tenore adds at the end. The TikTok crowd had some diverse opinions about this video, but most people agreed with Tenore. @livzzz___ wrote, "I agree that people are forgetting how bad kids have always acted, but I can also confirm it's a lot worse now. The pandemic exacerbated it."
@yagirllaners recalled, "Haha, you just threw me down a rabbit hole of all the mayhem my friends and I got up to in the girl's bathroom. We made a huge stalactite out of wet tissue paper." @ruth_deciduous commented, "The difference is when parents were parenting more, they used fear to make kids 'behave.' Now, parents won't use fear to parent. Some would rather parents did." Others admitted how their kids are way better than they used to be and how the 80s and 90s were full of violence and kids used to solve their problems by shoving each other. Thankfully, the situation has calmed down a bit.